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From the Indigenous Video Makers series in the Video in the Villages collection
By Valdete Pinhanta Ashenika
color, 42 min, 2001

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Shomõtsi is a witty and engaging Ashaninka Indian, a father who has raised his children alone. A neighbor and friend of the filmmaker, he discusses the Ashaninka uses of anatto dye, cassava and of Coca. Unlike whites, he says, Indians respect coca's medicinal power. Shomõtsi and two other elders go to a neighboring city to collect their pensions. They have to set up camp overnight waiting for their money and grumble about the materialism of the Brazilian shopkeepers. After making a few modest purchases, Shomõtsi gladly heads back to the village.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
UNESCO Award, 8th International Ethnographic Film Festival , Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2001
Rigoberta Menchú Tum Award in Community category, Festival Presença Autóctone, Montréal, Canadá , 2002
Honourable Mention, Cinesul 2002, Rio de Janeiro
Rigoberta Menchú Award, II Anaconda 2002, Bolivia
Special award from the Indigenous public, II ANACONDA 2002, Bolivia
Best Documentary,, Minas Gerais, Brazil

other films from the Indigenous Video Makers series:
One Must Be Curious
Moyngo, The Dream of Maragareum
Wapté Mnhõnõ, The Xavante's Initiation
The Rainy Season
Wai'á Rini, The Power of the Dream
Dancing with a Dog
Kinja Iakaha, A Day in the Village
Nguné Elü, The Day the Moon Menstruated
A Path to Live
Trainees for the Future
The Living Forest
From the Ikpeng Children to the World

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